Local resorts, restaurants and pubs gearing up for New Year’s Eve parties

By on December 18, 2013

Dec. 18- Happy New YearIf you’re looking to bring in the new year with a bang in Osoyoos, you can dress up fancy in a tuxedo or expensive party dress for a big bash at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa or you can slap on your favourite pair of blue jeans and head down to your local neighbourhood pub.

While many people choose to spend a quiet night at home with family or friends to bring in the new year, there are others who are looking for a party and there are several options available in Osoyoos with New Year’s Eve just around the corner.

Up at Spirit Ridge, organizer Steven Misfud has organized the inaugural “Black and White” New Year’s Eve bash, which will be held in the lodge at Spirit Ridge and hopes to attract as many as 80 patrons.

“While we won’t be enforcing a dress code, we would prefer it,” said Misfud. “The New Year’s Eve party is directed at people who enjoy getting dressed up and want to bring in the new year in style.”

The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a martini bar and evening of dancing with a disc jockey providing the entertainment, said Misfud.

“There aren’t a lot of events in town where people can really get dressed up,” he said. “This is an opportunity to get dressed up … and we’re holding the event in the lodge instead of the conference centre because we want it to be an intimate and fun evening.”

Tickets are only $35 per person, but those attending the Black and White party will also have the option of enjoying a meal at the new Restaurant at Spirit Ridge and staying the evening at the resort, he said.

Ticket packages are available by calling 250-495-5445.

The new Restaurant at Spirit Ridge is also offering a four-course meal at $65 a plate for New Year’s Eve. A special package offering two meals and hotel room is being offered for $289, said Jennifer Ziajka, director of meetings and special events for Spirit Ridge.

At the Walnut Beach Resort, a three-course dinner is being served on New Years’s Eve with separate sittings at 6 and 9 p.m.

Harpist Ingrid Schellenberg will perform during both sittings.

The price of dinner is $49.95 plus GST and gratuity and those wishing to attend are asked to book a table in advance, said Michelle Connors, front desk manager at the Walnut Beach Resort.

The Watermark Beach Resort is offering a four-course meal with a special menu for New Year’s Eve, with three sittings at 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Those wishing to attend are asked to book a table in advance.

There are several other restaurants in town that will be offering a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu. You are urged to book a table in advance.

The Ridge Pub will ring in the new year with a live music dance party.

The classic rock and country band Wined It Up will perform and there will be a $5 cover charge.

Two can dine for $29.99 on New Year’s Eve at The Ridge Pub and patrons can choose between a six-ounce sirloin steak with prawn skewers, roast garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables or a main dish of chicken parmesan wiht wild rice pilaf and season vegetables.

Both dishes come with a glass of red or white wine.

Meanwhile, both The Owl Pub and The Sage Pub are holding New Year’s Eve celebrations that are open to everyone over age 19.

The Owl Pub won’t be charging any cover charge and will be providing champagne and party favours.

There will be a $5 cover charge at The Sage Pub, which will remain open until 4 a.m. for New Year’s celebrations. Champagne and party favours will also be provided and a midnight snack will be served for patrons.

RCMP will be out in force the evening of Dec. 31 and into the early morning hours and drivers are urged not to drink and drive.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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